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Sen. FarneseSummer is finally here and hopefully everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather and all that Philadelphia has to offer!  I can’t think of a better place to spend time with family and friend than here at home. Make sure you take some time to check out the list of summer activities, festivals and free events happening around town – definitely something for everyone.

In Harrisburg, we’re still working to finalize the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget.  This year we once again faced incredible fiscal odds.  From current fiscal-year short falls to looming structural deficits and a draconian spending plan passed by our House colleagues, the outlook was certainly bleak. Throughout the process, my colleagues and I remained proponents of the things that matter most to Pennsylvania families – growing jobs, educating our children and providing for the needs of low-income families and those with special needs.

While we passed the General Appropriation bill, House Bill 218, on June 30, we still need to complete the revenue side of the equation and have a great deal of work to do over the next few days to bring this to closure.  Despite the uncertainty surrounding the revenue discussion, I remain hopeful that the four caucuses and the governor can come together and craft a plan that provides sustainable revenue streams and protects taxpayers.

We’ll keep you updated as discussions continue and post updates on on Facebook and Twitter.

Have a wonderful and safe summer!

SEPTA Increases Fares Now In Effect

In case you missed it, SEPTA fare hikes went into effect this last weekend.

SEPTA FairsBelow is a summary of changes to some of the most widely used fare payment methods. The full details of the fare increase are posted online at

  • Cash Fare/Quick Trip: Increase from $2.25 to $2.50
  • Discounted single ride with SEPTA Key Travel Wallet/Token: From $1.80 to $2
  • Disabled Fare: From $1 to $1.25
  • Paratransit/Shared Ride: $4 to $4.25
  • Weekly TransPass: From $24 to $25.50 (up to 56 trips for one customer)
  • Monthly TransPass: From $91 to $96 (up to 240 trips for one customer)
  • Weekly TrailPasses: Currently $27.25-$53, depending on zone; Increase to $28.25-$55.75 (up to 56 trips for one customer)
  • Monthly TrailPasses: Currently $101-$191, depending on zone; Increase to $105-$204 (up to 240 trips for one customer)
  • Convenience Pass: From $8 to $9
  • Independence Pass: Individual - $12 to $13; Family - $29 to $30
  • Ten Trip Discounted Fares for Regional Rail: Currently $38-80 depending on zone; Increase to $40-$82.50. (Please note: Ten-Trip Tickets will be replaced upon implementation of the SEPTA Key)
  • Parking: Regional Rail surface lot daily parking fee will increase from $1 to $1.25 with implementation of the SEPTA Key. Surface lot monthly permits will increase from $20 to $25.

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Summer Activities

Bastille DayBastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

July 15, 2017

The masses storm the castle on Eastern State Penitentiary’s Bastille Day, as re-enactors and audience members playfully recreate the storming of the Bastille. Emceed by “Edith Piaf,” Philly’s version of this historic event includes in-drag cabaret performances, dancing baguettes and Marie Antoinette tossing more than 3,000 Tastykakes out to the crowd.

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The Oval Opening Day

July 20, 2017

Just steps away from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Oval returns to transform the asphalt and lawns surrounding 24th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into an eight-acre, all-ages pop-up outdoor space. Visitors can enjoy outdoor games like ping pong, dine on tasty dishes from local food trucks and lounge with a cold brew in the scenic outdoor beer garden. This year, an immersive art installation debuts at the Oval, too.

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PECO Multicultural Series: Hispanic Fiesta

July 8-9, 2017

The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day. The festival continues to unite and raise awareness of Latino culture and community through the celebration of music, dance, entertainment, ethnic foods and artisan crafts from nearly all Latin American countries

PECO Multicultural Series: Islamic Heritage Festival

July 22, 2017

The Islamic Heritage Festival features speakers, entertainment and a global open market bazaar dedicated to celebrating Islamic culture and heritage. Come out to Penn’s Landing to enjoy a day of spirited festivities.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Now Open

The Penn's Landing area turns into an all-out summer oasis each year with hammock lounging, beer-garden drinking and boardwalk eating at Spruce Street Harbor Park as well as roller skating, carnival rides — including a Ferris wheel! — and more at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Located a quick waterfront walk from one another, residents and visitors alike hang out at the waterfront destinations all season long. Look for weekly special events (think free concerts) and pop-up parties (Michael Jackson Day was a hit in 2016).

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East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival

July 30, 2017

A shoutout to South Philly’s sock-hoppin’ heritage, the annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival brings together revelers, food, music and some of the hottest classic American cars you’ve ever seen. Browse more than 100 antique, show, muscle and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles lined up along Passyunk Avenue.

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National Museum of American Jewish History1917: How One Year Changed the World at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Through July 16, 2017

Travel back 100 years to when the world underwent major political and cultural changes by checking out 1917: How One Year Changed the World at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Closing out the month, the exhibition includes artifacts like an original draft of the Balfour Declaration, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’ judicial robes and more.

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American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the National Constitution Center

Through July 16, 2017

Catch the popular American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition before it departs from the National Constitution Center this month. The 5,000-square-foot display includes over 100 rare artifacts from the temperance movement, including a hatchet used by Carrie Nation, original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st amendments and a Prohibition Bureau Badge issued by the Department of Justice.

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Parks on TapParks on Tap Traveling Beer Garden

Through October 1, 2017 (select dates)

Concession trucks meet permanent parks during the Parks on Tap 20-stop series. The program takes advantage of lush extant spaces and Philly’s wealth of mobile suppliers to bring trucks serving up light fare, craft beer and other adult beverages to spots like the Belmont Plateau, Schuylkill Banks, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Clark Park and more.

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Free Outdoor Movies


Screenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing

Starts July 6, 2017

Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and chill out to both recent blockbusters and timeless classics right on the banks of the Delaware River.

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Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge


Enjoy nights of outdoor movie action right on the banks of the Schuylkill River during select Thursday nights this summer. The free movie screenings are held at the grassy area by the Walnut Street bridge, which, while spacious, often fill up fast, so arrive a bit early to stake out some blanket space.

Upcoming films include:

June 29: Charade
July 13: The Big Lebowski
July 27: Ratatouille
August 10: Jaws

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Pictures in the Park at Dilworth Park


Spend Friday evenings watching movies on the big screen in Dilworth Park located right in the heart of the city just outside of City Hall. Stay tuned for the movie lineup.

July 21: Beauty and The Beast
July 28: Central Intelligence
August 4: Jurassic World
August 11: Trainwreck
August 18: Avengers: Age of Ultron
August 25: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Saturday Night at the Movies at Franklin Square


Historic Franklin Square hosts free movies in its spacious al fresco space two Saturday nights this summer. Beforehand, guests can purchase tickets to play a round of Philly Mini Golf or take a ride on the Square’s carousel.

July 8: Secret Life of Pets
July 22: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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The Schmidt's Commons

Enjoy free movie nights at The Schmidt’s Commons this July and August. Films include stories by J.K. Rowling and Dr. Seuss, along with a special “Christmas in July” evening, featuring the classic A Christmas Story.

Upcoming films include:

July 6: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
July 13: A Christmas Story
July 27: Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who
August 11:  TBA
August 18: TBA
August 25: TBA

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